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The thought of spinach or kale (or any vegetables really) in a smoothie intrigues me. Honestly, it also kind of grosses me out. Fruit smoothies are so good. I kind of have a “thing” against making changes to things in life that already work. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? A smoothie filled with fruit is great. However, I know it would be healthier if I added some vegetables, especially since I don’t eat nearly enough of them otherwise.
We spend many a weekend morning blending up frozen fruit for some homemade smoothies from our fridge and freezer. M has asked me about a million times if I want to throw in some of the leftover spinach in the fridge. Each time he’s asked, I’ve hesitated as my inner voices compete for attention screaming ‘it’s good for you’ and ‘it sounds gross’ simultaneously.
I’ve seen a billion (almost, anyway) posts on Pinterest about smoothies and fruit drinks with spinach or kale or some other green goodie. They all rave about the flavorful nature AND the healthier alternative. But I couldn’t get over my preconceived notions, especially because I had no clue how much “green stuff” to add without turning it into a liquid salad. What the heck do I mix with spinach or kale to create a tasty combination?!
Fiiiinnaaallly, I landed on a pretty obvious solution; let the pros lead the way! Duh, right?
T and I occasionally take weekend dates around town to break up the morning monotony and change up the chemistry of our family. Everyone’s always a little different when someone’s missing, right?
Last weekend, T and I opted to have our little date at Jamba Juice. Jamba Juice has all sorts of smoothies with veggies mixed in. They even have some fresh juices that include veggies, so we had lots of options for testing the waters of veggie-packed drinks.
In some circumstances, options at large retailers pack far more sugar and JUNK into the drinks. But I felt comfortable testing out the Jamba Juice options which are fresh-pressed, have no preservatives and are 100% juice. They’re even paleo for the “cave man” dieters out there. (I’ve dabbled in paleo and kind of like it, but I haven’t had the conviction yet to commit.)
Beyond the health components, they’re pretty quick. T has about zero patience, as you’d expect from a little boy his age, so a long wait for our drinks wasn’t gonna cut it. Frankly, he was up dancing around the store and chasing “dragons” before we even finished our Apple ‘n’ Greens smoothie and Tropical Kick Start juice. The other customers found him pretty entertaining.
So what’s the verdict?! I’m sold. The Apple ‘n’ Greens smoothie had kale in it. I think I caught a hint of the texture of the kale, but I didn’t mind. I also, according to M, am a baby about and super sensitive to textures in food. They seem to be irrelevant to him. So take that for whatever it’s worth.In addition to an apple cinnamon pretzel (T’s request), we added a Tropical Kick Start fresh-squeezed juice to our order. The combination of fresh-squeezed orange juice and mangoes was definitely a hit. They have twelve other fresh squeezed juices. The Triple Revitalizer (oranges, bananas, and carrots) as well as the Veggie Harvest (apples, carrots, beets, supergreens, and ginger) caught my eye. Although, I ultimately decided to start with baby steps. Maybe the Veggie Harvest shouldn’t be my first adventure?!
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The nice woman working at Jamba Juice also gave T this cool straw. He loved it! White when warm, it turns pink when it gets cold. The simple pleasures of life!I survived my first fruit AND VEGGIE drink.
Time to celebrate? Haha. It might not be worth a party, but I would definitely love to hear about any of your favorite fruit and veggie drinks. Are you a Jamba Juice fan? You can find your closest store on their website.Feel free to include links to any recipes on your blogs, Pinterest, etc.. in the comments or tag me on social media. Maybe you’re busy and prefer to let the Jamba Juice pros always do the mixing; also a respectable option!
I will eventually be sharing a round up of some of the recipes I’ve tried that passed our family’s test. If you share, maybe I’ll include your favorite concoction in the collection?